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Published by Guy Windsor
An analysis of the tactical choice inherent in Fiore's zogho stretto, and the sword and buckler system I.33
An analysis of the tactical choice inherent in Fiore's zogho stretto, and the sword and buckler system I.33

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Published by: Guy Windsor on Sep 03, 2012
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An analysis of the tactical choice inherent in Fiore’sZogho Stretto and the sword and buckler system ofI.33Guy WindsorHelsinki, January 2010
 
Our oldest source for European historical swordsmanship, RoyalArmouries MS I.33, emphasises again and again that whenentering the fight, we beset our opponent, who is standing inguard, and as he comes to bind our sword, we counterbindand enter. The most often repeated example of this is with thebesetter entering with halfshield, against the defender, who iswaiting in first ward (underarm).The sequence of actions and counters goes like this:PatientAgentFirst wardBesets, entering measure with halfshield,directed slightly to the right to cover theline of the patient’s sword. If patientwere to do nothing, agent strikes with acut to the head from the right.Falls under, binding thesword up from the left,stepping out to the left.

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